ERIC Number: EJ824466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Teaching History in the Backyard
Myers, Andrew H.
History Teacher, v35 n4 p455-464 Aug 2002
In this article, the author tries to create inspirational experiences for his students through "Backyard Battles," a course he has taught for the last four years through the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina. The main purpose of this course is to help students recognize that the primary and secondary sources which they read and about which they hear lectures can tie directly into the physical surroundings of their community. Making this connection at the local level serves as a bridge to understanding the broader history of the state and region. Students also gain critical thinking skills and become exposed to some of the myriad ways that people enjoy and use the past.
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, History Instruction, Relevance (Education), United States History, War, World History, Field Trips, Teaching Methods, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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